Meet our herd of Myotonic Goats

Mr. Knickerbocker
Mr. Knickerbocker

Fainting Goats

This breed has several names- the most common are Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Nervous, and Scare goats. The names refer specifically to myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience prolonged contraction when the goat is startled. The transitory stiffness associated with these contractions can cause the goat to stop moving, stiffen, and even fall down. This is not a true faint, but a muscular phenomenon unrelated to the nervous system. The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright.

 

As strange as this may sound, these little critters have actually served an historical purpose. Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case of predator attacks. The theory went something like this- as wolves would come down from the hills to attack a flock of sheep, the goats would become startled and, as per the name of their breed, they would faint. The sheep would make a clean getaway, as the wolves would focus on the stunned goats rather than pursue the fleeing sheep. Not that wonderful if you were one of the goats, sure, but downright dandy if you happened to be a sheep.

Our Fainting Goats at Sink Hollow Farm

Knickerbocker (Buck) DOB 01/01/12

Black and white polled buck with blue eyes.
Black and white polled buck with blue eyes.

Libby (doe) 05/02/10

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.
Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.

Lilly (doe) DOB 03/10/11

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.
Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.

YEVRAH (doe) DOB 04/20/12

Tri-colored; horned; golden eyed

Tri-colored doe born April 20, 2012 to Libby.  Brown eyed, horned.
Tri-colored doe born April 20, 2012 to Libby. Brown eyed, horned.

ZOE (doe)

Brown & white; horned; golden-eyed

Brown and white doe with marbled eyes.  Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.
Brown and white doe with marbled eyes. Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.

CAMELIA JUNE (doe)

Black & White; horned; blue-eyed

Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes.  From Liberty Hills Farm.
Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes. From Liberty Hills Farm.

REBEL (doe) DOB 04/09/15

Tri-colored; horned; blue-eyed

Chloe - Tri colored doe with blue eyes  (Dam Lottie / Sire Knickerbocker)
Chloe - Tri colored doe with blue eyes (Dam Lottie / Sire Knickerbocker)

SPROUT (doe)

Chocolate & White (POLLED)

FRANNY (doe)

Red & White; gold eyes (POLLED)

CANDY (doe)

Blue, white, tan with crystal blue eyes (HORNED)

HAPPY HOUR (doe)

Tri color; brown eyes (HORNED)

Jelly Bean (Doe)

Chocolate & white; brown eyes (HORNED)

Purchsed from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye Farm born April 5, 2015
Purchsed from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye Farm born April 5, 2015

PEEPS (Doe)

Blue & White; horned; blue eyed

Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015
Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015

Little BoPeep (Doe)

Blue & White; horned; marbled eyes

Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016
Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016

SILLYJILLY (Doe)

Silly Jilly - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Libby born July 13, 2016
Silly Jilly - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Libby born July 13, 2016

JEZEBEL (Doe)

Tri-colored; polled; blue eyed

Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.
Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.

JOY to the world

White & Peach; polled; blue eyed

Born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.  White polled doe with blue eyes.
Born to Zoe and Knickerbocker. White polled doe with blue eyes.

IZZY (Doe)

Black & white; horned; brown eyes

Izzy was born at Pete N Jane's Farm and came to live with us.  She is a sweatheart!
Izzy was born at Pete N Jane's Farm and came to live with us. She is a sweatheart!

PATSY CLINE (Doe)

Tri-colored; horned; marbled eyes

Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe.  Joined our farm 4-10-16.
Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe. Joined our farm 4-10-16.

Shopping Shirley (Doe)

Brown, black, and white peacock pattern; polled; brown-eyed

Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.
Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.

Pepsi (Doe)

Brown & Black; horned; brown-eyed

Brown with white tip to her tail.  She is the leader of the pack and very busy!
Brown with white tip to her tail. She is the leader of the pack and very busy!

Dixie Stampede (Doe)

Black & White; polled; brown eyed

Black and white with brown eyes.
Black and white with brown eyes.

Thrifty Thelma (Doe)

Tri-colored; horned; blue eyed

Apocyliptic - Black, white peacock pattern blue eyes

Black, blue, white peacock pattern; horned; blue eyed

Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.
Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.

Chatty Cathy  aka: CC      (Doe)

Black & white; disbudded; brown eyed

Sticker Shock Sabine (Doe)

Brown with silver moonspots; disbudded; blue-eyed

Iris (Doe)

Tri colored - flower pattern - marbled eyes

Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.
Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.

Shasta Daisy (Doe)

Tri-colored - flower pattern - blue eyes

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Trippin Molly (Doe)

Black, White, Tan- horned - marbled blue eyes

Say it Ain't So Stella (Doe)

Chocolate, Gray, Tan, and white - Polled - Moonspotted - blue eyes

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Dapple Apple (doe)

Heavily moonspotted - black, tan, silver, white

Willow (Doe)

Brown, white, black; horned; brown eyes

Henny Penny (Doe)

Tan, polled, with marbled eyes

PAISLEY   (Doe)

Black and white, polled, blue eyes